2004 will go down in history for the sheer number of disasters that struck the planet. Around the globe, more than 300,000 people lost their lives and an estimated $123bn worth of damage was caused. All in all, in 2004 Swiss Re's Sigma report recorded 116 natural catastrophes and 216 major man-made loss events.The Asian tsunami on Boxing Day accounted for most of the dead - 280,000 - and the rest were made up by windstorms in the Caribbean, floods, earthquakes, shipping accidents and terrori
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